A Bola had reported earlier that Bolasie was on his way to Portugal to secure the temporary move after proposed loan deals with CSKA Moscow and Anderlecht fell through.
Bolasie reportedly turned down a move to Moscow on Friday and a possible return to Anderlecht, where he spent part of last year on loan, failed to materialise after the deal was deemed too complicated.
The 30-year-old joined Everton in 2016 as one of Ronald Koeman's high-profile acquisitions but was struggling to live up to his £25m price tag when he suffered a serious knee injury that could have ended his career.
He regained full fitness but was unable to force his way back into the Blues' first team under successive managers and was sent out on loan.
Bolasie, who is out of contract at Everton the summer after next, had tweeted his frustration with his situation yesterday, saying that people are "playing with my career like LEGO," but now has somewhere to ply his trade for 2019-20.
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1 Posted 02/09/2019 at 20:27:03
2 Posted 02/09/2019 at 20:59:29
3 Posted 02/09/2019 at 21:12:58
Well Yannick, I'm sure Everton would gladly cancel your contract by mutual consent. Are you willing to sacrifice your massive weekly wages so you can find a club that better suits your career? Yeah thought not!
It really is tough nowadays to shift deadwood because players sign massive contracts and are unwilling to take a pay cut to further their career. So we end up with a situation where Bolasie goes on loan and we still pay a large chunk of his wages while on loan.
Mirallas didn't always appear to have the perfect attitude but he was willing to take a pay cut to secure his dream move back to his homeland.
4 Posted 02/09/2019 at 21:22:20
Don't think we will see his like again as Brands favours younger players who have lower wages and re-sale value. Even if Kean was bad for 2 years I expect we'd still be able to flog him for £10-20m based on his initial potential.
5 Posted 02/09/2019 at 21:40:48
Why would a club buy them, when they know they can loan for a season or so.
Be another season or so, before we have offloaded our surplus players.
Thank god we have Silva and brands bringing in some astute signings.
6 Posted 02/09/2019 at 21:41:46
Regarding Mirallas taking a pay cut, it wouldn't surprise me if his agent done a deal for the last 12 months of his contract.
7 Posted 02/09/2019 at 22:06:20
But he hardly "regained full fitness" after his injury. On the contrary, it seems to have left him finished.
Sad. A lot of money for very little as it turned out.
8 Posted 02/09/2019 at 22:24:59
9 Posted 02/09/2019 at 22:25:31
10 Posted 02/09/2019 at 22:28:02
Felt sorry for his injury, but that does happen unfortunately, but Everton looked after him throughout, he tried to make a comeback but wasn't in future plans. How many loans has he had, none of them working out, and he slags Everton off for treating him like LEGO.
As Mark @3 said if he wanted to get away from the Club that has treated him so badly, and Palace allegedly wanted him back, why didn't he rip up his contract and go on a free? No he wants it all in his favour without losing any of the Lottery wages he is on.
Glad he's at long last found a Club, but it's a loan so presumably this will be an issue again when his loan ends, not sure when his Contract with us runs out.
11 Posted 02/09/2019 at 22:36:23
This guy is on Twitter and Instagram rapping like an absolute clown, then posts a tweet during or after the Villa game, then posts another about the club messing with his career.
What a fool.
Fact is we made the guy a very very rich man when we decided to take a chance on a guy who at 27(-ish) had never played at a better level than lower half premiership. He had managed around 5 goals a season during his games, and around the same amount of assists. For me he should appreciate that during his injury we stood by him, despite the fact that before his injury he had proven he was bang average.
Bolasie has turned down moves, changed clubs at his own will last season when leaving Villa, and clearly decided that although he wanted a move, he would not take a hit on his huge wage packet. Now me saying this may sound bitter, you might say why would he take that hit. Well I agree, don't take the hit, but it can't work both ways, he can't want super star wages without being a super star, then not be willing to lower his wages to get a game at the level his abilities permit him to play at.
He has a huge ego, he believes he is much better than he is, and the club are better off without him.
Goodbye and good riddance.
12 Posted 02/09/2019 at 23:05:20
13 Posted 02/09/2019 at 23:07:09
14 Posted 02/09/2019 at 23:18:11
Against any other team, Bolasie was a quick, big, awkward unit who scored a mere handful of goals, unless we were the opposition.
He's part of the pre M&M regime who were comfortable to be unsuccessful for decades. By the time his exorbitant contract was/is to expire, if he goes, we should finally be shut of the huge corrosive inadequacy of our "leadership" for the past quarter century.
15 Posted 03/09/2019 at 00:17:02
Did a lot of work with EitC and put in 100% effort when fit.
If you're offered the contract you take it. Not his fault.
Always wanted to prove himself here and Everton AND the player are the victims of his injury.
Mark @ 3 - I expect Mirallas pocketed a nice signing on fee more which was more than compensation for his outstanding wages in return for Everton accepting no fee. I'd like to believe he took a pay cut to leave but I don't.
Sam @ 4 - Bolasie is nothing like our worst ever signing. I can think of 20 worse. How long have you been supporting Everton? Don't you remember; Drenthe, Van Der Meyde, Kroldrup, Bilyaletdinov, Nyarko, various wonderkids who never played, fucking Muller the Brazilian who couldn't add up the PAYE, I could go on all night...
16 Posted 03/09/2019 at 00:26:19
Palace certainly didn't want him back. Crazy wages on a long contract, means we can't even give him away. He must go down as of the worst big-money signing that we have ever made.
Thank God for the current regime. Once this remaining deadwood is cleared, the future will look much healthier.
17 Posted 03/09/2019 at 01:01:30
Pity we couldn't find a another home for Martina and Niasse as well, but all things considered, good work by Brands on shifting most of the deadwood.
18 Posted 03/09/2019 at 02:51:28
19 Posted 03/09/2019 at 04:17:43
20 Posted 03/09/2019 at 04:24:08
Unfortunately you are right on both counts. I am hopeful on the playing side now that things are gradually changing, though Everton have still a long way to go and a drag still exists from that era.
21 Posted 03/09/2019 at 04:29:57
When he signed I thought over priced, but we needed to pay to get in better quality than we had to move on. I still think that is true to a degree, but now we have an actual director of football!!
Off he goes, one more out the door. God knows what we are going to do with Niasse!
22 Posted 03/09/2019 at 05:42:05
Was it his fault we offered Palace an inflated transfer fee? No
Was it his fault we offered him an insane salary? No
Was it his fault he suffered a serious injury so soon into his time with us? No
Should he give up that salary to suit us now we have decided we don't want him? No (who would?!)
Does he have the right to have a say where he wants to/doesn't want to play? Yes
Does he have the right to go on social media and tweet? Yes
Has he tweeted anything that is disparaging of Everton or its fans? No
23 Posted 03/09/2019 at 06:07:58
Even if we can save a few quid, it would be worth it.
24 Posted 03/09/2019 at 06:08:36
He is a journeyman, one-trick pony, wannabe music artist who would be more interested in appearing on Soccer AM and appealing to the masses than declaring himself committed to the club like a Cahill, Digne et al.
Should have been nowhere near our club in the first place.
25 Posted 03/09/2019 at 06:17:16
He is a bad signing for us, but no-one forced us to do it and he isnt to blame we were morons in the transfer market at that time.
Good luck to him - Sporting are a good club and he deserves a break. Now if you were talking about Kevin Mirallas....
26 Posted 03/09/2019 at 06:24:42
Not one mention of Everton in the last couple of years and just constant tweets about other clubs and bullshit nutmegs and Cruyff turns.
27 Posted 03/09/2019 at 06:25:06
28 Posted 03/09/2019 at 07:24:46
He regularly ‘committed himself to the club saying he wanted to fight for his place and he also did plenty of work for EitC as well as making lots of pro-Everton posts on social media.
29 Posted 03/09/2019 at 07:34:06
As you asked, somewhat patronisingly, I've been supporting Everton for about 20 years.
30 Posted 03/09/2019 at 07:51:58
As has been said, he has had great opportunities to kick start his career and prove himself exceptional and worthy of his place.
He has failed to do so.
The injury has wrecked his career, not Everton. It is a shame we can't claim insurance for it. If you buy an expensive car and it gets wrecked and you cannot fix it, the insurance pays out.
That's what has happened with Yannick, he has had a catastrophic injury which was unfixable to the extent of giving him all his pre-injury speed and agility.
31 Posted 03/09/2019 at 07:58:50
He doesn't need to tear up his contract, he has only to say "No" to any move. All he has done is to agree to a better deal when Everton offered it to him and then suffer a bad injury. Are we looking at a poor employee or a poor employer?
Then again, how many of us would say no to that money.
32 Posted 03/09/2019 at 08:30:40
You are a tad harsh there mentioning Bilyaletdinov in the same sentence as that Dutch pisshead Van der Meyde.
Moyes cocked up playing Bily out of position when it was clear to everyone (including the Russian National team, who he thrived for) that behind the striker was his best position.
Moyes had a quirky fetish for playing square pegs in round holes and he played Bily on the left which was a waste of our time and his.
Whenever he was central, he had the best left-footed shot I've seen since Sheedy.
I think Bily was one player we signed that we could have got more out of if he'd been used more frequently in a more accommodating position.
33 Posted 03/09/2019 at 08:42:27
34 Posted 03/09/2019 at 09:34:46
Good on Bolasie for rejecting Russia as well. I don't agree with the comment having a go at his character based on his social media either; off the pitch, he is a great ambassador.
35 Posted 03/09/2019 at 10:01:45
Have we still got Niasse on our books? If so, is he getting a game anywhere – ie, with the U23s?
36 Posted 03/09/2019 at 11:01:28
Bolasie is definitely something of an open sore that will cause us more frustration for some time to come, but the one I'm really pleased to see go is Mirallas. I know hindsight is a wonderful thing, but we should have bitten Daniel Levy's hand off when Spurs came a-sniffing for him. Instead, he got improved terms and has never looked even half worth it since.
38 Posted 03/09/2019 at 11:08:54
39 Posted 03/09/2019 at 11:46:35
40 Posted 03/09/2019 at 11:58:57
41 Posted 03/09/2019 at 12:02:34
Mainly because he DID have talent, when he felt like playing, and was usually in and around the goals, BUT it was his attitude that proved to be the most annoying aspect, he was happy to pick up his ill-gotten gains to fund his extravagant lifestyle.
42 Posted 03/09/2019 at 13:00:33
I think the "clearout" at Everton has been remarkable considering the squad size prior to M & M's appointments.
43 Posted 03/09/2019 at 13:34:19
He was probably suitable for what we needed then, but not of the calibre we're signing now. Obviously the ACL injury buggered him up big time, because pace was one of his attributes before that injury.
44 Posted 03/09/2019 at 13:52:15
I will add I was never convinced by the signing of Bolasie and certainly not at the price we paid for him. As the market was at the time, we could have landed a younger Zaha for the same price. Bad luck on his injury, but even before that, he wasn't pulling up trees at Everton.
The club and its decision makers at the time burdened us with a lot of mediocre players, on high wages and long contracts, which still remains an anchor stopping us from recruiting even more effectively than we have since Brands and Silva arrived.
On a related note, I see from this report on the BBC that Everton is one of the clubs open to the idea of re-aligning the closing of the transfer window with the other European leagues. That is, closing it on 31 August, rather than before the PL season starts.
I know plenty on here pushed for a closing of the window before the English league season opened. I was not one of them. Given the wide range of starting dates for the different European leagues, it was apparent to me that English clubs complicated things for themselves by having a shorter transfer window to operate in, as well as STILL being vulnerable to losing players to European clubs with no possibility to replace them should a player move on (as some have).
I still maintain that the whole system of two transfer windows is flawed, an artificial byproduct to generate fevered interest in the transfer rumour mills so beloved by the 'meedjah' (and football fans, it has to be said). An open market only closing in April used to work perfectly well. From recall there was also less hyper-inflation on player values also.
45 Posted 03/09/2019 at 14:37:21
46 Posted 03/09/2019 at 14:37:40
Fair comment. The players I mentioned were signed for relatively small sums but Bily was £9.5m and I think Van Der Meyde was similar. £10m was probably more than £25m in todays money but I cant argue that it is more cash to layout for someone who didnt end up playing as many games as we (some of us anyway) would have liked.
47 Posted 03/09/2019 at 14:41:44
You've just ignored what I've said across the two posts and just dreamt up something I didn't just so you could step on your soapbox and say someone is "misinformed".
This lad, pound for pound, is possibly the worst signing we have made in the Premier League era. Every time he got the ball you'd fully expect him to lose it or it to run out of play.
Crystal Palace (where the fans love him) didn't want to re-sign him, so what does that tell you? He doesn't have the concentration, ability (even before his injury) and teamwork ethic to elevate us to the next level.
We stood by him whilst he back to full fitness and then has the audacity to put out ill-timed tweets like he did. The guy is a total journeyman, Harlem Globetrotter of a footballer.
48 Posted 03/09/2019 at 14:53:23
Bolasie's only crime was suffering a horrific injury and just not being as good as we all wanted him to be. Hardly his fault. Off the field, all who know him say he's a model pro. Which is more than you can say for Mirallas. To think/hope Bolasie would give up on 2 years of his biggest ever contract for the love of Everton or the game is a little naive.
49 Posted 03/09/2019 at 16:48:08
50 Posted 03/09/2019 at 16:58:23
Now the list of good v bad is debatable but the player doesn't negotiate anything financial. He probably had very little say other than he's prepared to leave a club for another.
This isn't the 60's when players mostly agreed deals directly with the owner or manager. Both sides leave it to their specialist teams.
He wasn't a player I wanted at the club but thought he'd add pace, physicality and directness that we sorely lacked at the time. He could be the super-sub, the outlet or work hard and get in their faces player.
I've not seen him play post injury but pre injury he had similar traits to Walcott. Pace and directness. Both lacked skill, vision and passing ability. Neither are good enough for our team anymore, their raw talent stayed raw.
Neither are bad players, just a bit one dimensional. Like Seamus, how a professional footballer can be so bad at crossing a ball is beyond me. But he's a defender and makes up for it in other areas.
Thanks, he had some good games, good luck too him.
51 Posted 03/09/2019 at 18:06:21
1 good game in 4 and may look good on the highlights. A Match of the Day player.
52 Posted 03/09/2019 at 19:40:30
'Drew' - Nothing uninformed about my posts (#25 & #27)
You've just ignored what I've said across the two posts and just dreamt up something I didn't just so you could step on your soapbox and say someone is "misinformed".
I referred specifically to your comment in post 25 about ‘committing to the club as indicated by the quote marks.
By comment 27 you were already on your soapbox accusing Steve @ 26 of being ‘wet behind the ears way before I got involved.
It was early in the morning, perhaps you hadnt had your breakfast.
53 Posted 03/09/2019 at 21:34:16
54 Posted 03/09/2019 at 22:35:35
55 Posted 04/09/2019 at 04:55:31
56 Posted 04/09/2019 at 07:47:03
57 Posted 04/09/2019 at 09:10:25
58 Posted 04/09/2019 at 14:24:33
60 Posted 04/09/2019 at 19:22:54
It didn't happen, in his day may be 1:10 ratio of decisive games for Palace.
One such game I recall they done the RS, 3-0, on our old ground, and he scored a cracker in the Kop end.
But such moments were always few and far between. The power and skill was unreliable. The injury he suffered was terrible and I'm not sure that this factor has hastened his performance.
Good luck to him and no doubt he and others under hefty contracts will impact Everton's bottom line for a couple more years.
Good luck in his quest to secure a move, but I sense same again this time next year, which will be his last year of contract.
61 Posted 04/09/2019 at 20:09:15
We are showing 6th but Palace are showing 4th (interesting given their current position) and Watford are showing 16th with Spurs 10th and Chelsea 7th and Arsenal 3rd. So the start to this season is currently following that trend.
I do believe this season presents us with a unique opportunity and hope that we seize it.
75 Posted 05/09/2019 at 01:40:22
I appreciate we need to get players like this off the wage bill but I am also conscious of the human cost in these situations. It's too easy to throw the huge wages argument at these individuals. He is not wanted, has been shifted from pillar to post and now has to relocate to another country.
Does he have a family? Are his kids at school?
We want 3 points every week but I think the impact on individuals is often forgotten about when we deem players not good enough.
I wish him well.
76 Posted 05/09/2019 at 01:56:12
When he arrived, he was by our standards a pretty exciting player. Even if not everything he tried came off, his pace and outlandish skills could unsettle opponents, and he was beginning to form a very good understanding with Lukaku. His overall contribution could not be simply measured by goals and assists, and he still produced enough of those.
More important, unlike Lukaku and Mirallas, he was a manifestly decent and likable guy and clearly loved playing for us, perhaps because he was never a feted youth player and had battled his way up from obscurity. His has been a really abrupt fall from grace, one that hardly seems deserved.
77 Posted 05/09/2019 at 05:28:22
Greg, bravo and amen. Although it was Sheedy's double free-kick that officially converted me to an Evertonian, the club had already attracted my interest because of all the similarities you mention.
78 Posted 05/09/2019 at 07:16:41
In the modern world, football transfers are one of the more bizarre employment situations. So out of step with the vast majority of society.
80 Posted 05/09/2019 at 17:20:14
He pushed for and signed into law the sentencing reform bill that has resulted in a large number of African American men being released from prison where they were serving excessive sentences for non-violent crime.
During his presidency unemployment among people of colour – Black and Hispanic, is the lowest ever recorded and workers in the bottom 10% of earners have received the largest % pay increases in the past 12 months and people of colour are over-represented in that group.
81 Posted 05/09/2019 at 17:37:36
82 Posted 05/09/2019 at 17:40:48
83 Posted 05/09/2019 at 18:07:28
84 Posted 05/09/2019 at 18:42:03
That being the case, why do you think that approximately 85% of us will vote against him in the next election?
Trump calls it “total lack of knowledge or great disloyalty.”
Incidentally, some of my distant relatives formerly belonged to the Pittsburgh synagogue where an outspoken Trump admirer gunned down 18 Jews. You're certainly entitled to your opinion, but I have some very good reasons for mine.
88 Posted 05/09/2019 at 20:51:57
89 Posted 06/09/2019 at 21:28:29
90 Posted 22/09/2019 at 19:16:41
He wasn't bad, but didn't do anything special.
If Sporting want to buy him, fine by most of us.
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